Stay safe on Valentine’s Day

If you’re in the mood for love this Valentine’s Day, remember to protect your health and prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by practicing safe sex. Valentine’s is often described as the most romantic day of the year, and it’s a time when many couples are most likely to be intimate –  so making sure that […]

Castleford scheme tackles under-age drinking

Community partners in Castleford are tackling underage drinking through a new scheme which ‘scores’ off-licences against a set of harm prevention standards. Led by Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) and Spectrum Community Health CIC, retailers are being encouraged to promote the legal drinking age and raise awareness of harms caused to families and communities by underage […]

New number for Wakefield District

Spectrum’s sexual health service at the Trinity Walk Clinic, Wakefield has a temporary new phone number: 01924 846628 Patients looking for support with sexual health queries can also email: Wakefield.SHARP@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk.

New PHE report calls for greater awareness of high blood pressure

A new report published by Public Health England (PHE) is calling for greater awareness of high blood pressure and increased testing. According to PHE, only half of adults in England know their blood pressure or were tested recently – and another 5.5 million could be undiagnosed, leaving them at greater risk of heart attack, stroke […]

Spectrums wins Primary Care contract for Fieldhead Hospital

Spectrum Community Health has been selected to continue as provider of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Primary Care service at Fieldhead Hospital (Wakefield) for the next three years. Spectrum has a small primary care team based within the secure units at the Hospital, and this fantastic news means the continuation of a very […]

NHS England announces over £3.5 million of new funding for the New Care Model Vanguards in Wakefield

On 15th of December, NHS England announced over £3.5 million of new funding to support and spread the work of the two New Care Model Vanguards in the Wakefield district. The Vanguards are partnerships of NHS, local government, voluntary, community and other organisations that are implementing plans to improve the healthcare people receive, prevent ill […]

Drink responsibly on Mad Friday

Spectrum Community Health is urging the public to stay safe and drink responsibly ahead of “Mad Friday” on 23 December, one the busiest party nights of the year. Traditionally the last Friday before Christmas, “Mad Friday” is a key part of the festive party season – but can be marred by heavy drinking. In early […]

Government launches new campaign to tackle drink-driving

The Government has launched a new December campaign aimed at reducing instances of drink-driving in Britain. The Think! Campaign will post a new advert on Twitter or Facebook every day throughout December, based around the concept of “Fear of Missing Out”. The adverts aim to make it clear to young men that they have plenty […]

Care Quality Commission publish report on healthcare services at HMP Full Sutton

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a new report of Spectrum’s healthcare services at HMP Full Sutton, a high-security male prison near York. Published on 14 December, the report found that all service improvements identified for Spectrum Community Health in May 2016 had been made. Spectrum would like to thank the CQC inspectors for […]

HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day – what did we do?

Our Sexual Health Teams in Wakefield and Barnsley have been very busy during the past few weeks with events such as National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day. Both teams organised several outreach events in the community and local colleges. Wakefield Sexual Health Team set-up stalls in Wakefield College City Campus and Castleford Campus […]